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Zika Studies In Mice, Monkeys Show Promise, Concern; Cuba Reports No Zika Transmission Since March

Reuters: Zika vaccines prove 100 percent protective in mice; monkey study shows promise
“Mice given a single shot of one of two experimental Zika vaccines were completely protected when exposed to the virus one to two months later, a promising sign that similar vaccines under development for humans will protect against Zika, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday…” (Steenhuysen, 6/28).

Reuters: Cuba reports no Zika transmission since March; Dengue all but eliminated
“Cuba has successfully held off the Zika epidemic and in the process all but eliminated dengue fever and other mosquito-carried illnesses, state-run media reported on Tuesday. Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda told a Council of Ministers meeting that a series of measures taken this year to eliminate the Aedes strain of mosquito that carries Zika and other viruses had drastically reduced infestations…” (Frank, 6/28).

Washington Post: Zika infections last much longer during pregnancy, monkey study shows
“New research on monkeys found some good news that could have implications for humans: One infection with the Zika virus protects against future infections. But along with good news were some troubling findings. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Duke University found the virus persisted in the blood of pregnant monkeys for much longer — up to 70 days — compared to the 10 days it lasted in males and non-pregnant female monkeys…” (Sun, 6/28).

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